Malaysian filmmaker James Wong releases Covid-19 PSA

Filmmaker James Wong (L) pictured here with Louis Tan, who plays the male protagonist in Covid-19 PSA. photo: James Wong Chee Keong/ Facebook.

With the rapid progress of the current pandemic grabbing headlines everyday, Malaysian filmmaker James Wong Chee Keong hopes to address the issue by producing a Covid-19 PSA.

“These days, the whole world is focused on the new coronavirus pandemic, which is affecting almost every level of the world’s population.

"In general, the overall impact of the epidemic has brought work to a standstill for many business operators and ordinary folks alike.

"Yet, amidst the pandemic, we can still feel the kindness and compassion around us, from netizens who strive to encourage each other and cheer on the medical staff who serve at the frontlines, ” said the actor-turned-director who is known for his horror films such as Headlines (2017) and The Transcend (2014).

On the day before the movement control order (MCO) was implemented, director Wong and his crew from Just Work Entertainment completed a PSA short film titled, Viruses Do Not Discriminate, Early Preventive Measures Are Imperative.

The film, available via Blue Banana Channel on Facebook, was originally inspired by footage circulating online depicting discrimination and racist attacks faced by overseas Chinese who are being accused of spreading the virus.

This is demonstrated by how the male protagonist in the short film has to deal with discrimination due to his illness.

Wong’s main message is for everyone to reduce outdoor activities, and avoid public gatherings and just stay home to stay safe.

In addition, the short film also offers concern about everyone's mental health as they try to cope with the pressure and panic due to the impact of the virus outbreak.

Malaysian actors Louis Tan and Eva Khoo play the couple featured in the PSA while Wong himself makes a cameo as a man who "lends a helping hand".

The six-minute film also features Hong Kong actors Eddy Ko, Leo Tsang, and Mai Tzu-Yun.

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Posted by Blue Banana Channel on Thursday, April 9,2020

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